KUALA LUMPUR: Luxury superyacht Equanimity can still be used as evidence in any court trials involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.
“Let’s say Equanimity was sold. They can always call the buyer to produce the documents.They can subpoena the buyer to produce the ship. There are certain mechanisms for the prosecution to do that,” said Hanipa.
“It doesn’t mean if the ship is sold, it’s not possible (to be used as evidence). You can always recall (the ship). Not a problem,” he added.
Hanipa was speaking to reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (April 3).
He also said that it is not advisable to dispose of Equanimity, if it becomes evidence to be used in legal proceedings.
On Wednesday (April 3), the Attorney-General’s Chambers announced that Equanimity has been sold to Genting Malaysia Bhd for US$126mil (RM514.14mil).
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Equanimity was sold at the best price, so that the government wouldn’t have to bear the expensive cost to maintain the superyacht.
The Equanimity was once owned by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low.
Low, in a statement on Wednesday (April 3), lashed out at Pakatan Harapan, saying that the sale of the superyacht displayed the government’s incompetence and disregard for the rule of law.